Developers Spoiled For Free DB Choices
It is not just MySQL or PostgreSQL offering freely available databases, as Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM all want to hook developers on lite versions of their products.
With those high-quality databases available for free, developers can pick and choose which one will best fulfill the requirements of their web applications. Both products offer ACID-compliance and transaction support among their features.
Despite the availability of PostgreSQL and MySQL, the powerhouses of corporate databases believe they can hook developers with versions of their mainstream database products by providing lite versions of them for free, too.
Various limitations, like caps on how much data can be supported or only using one processor on a multi-processor system, keep the lite versions from matching their full price counterparts. Companies hope to demonstrate that their feature sets will prove the deciding factor in choosing a proprietary system over an open source one.
While all of the Express database editions from the big tech companies have been designed to bring users along from at-home hobbyists to at-work product evangelists, they do provide an inside look at how those databases could benefit web development on a larger scale.
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.